Kurt Busch: I will not be part of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

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Kurt Busch: I will not be part of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

Kurt Busch will not be part of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Busch believes he is still not ready to return after the incident. “As much as I wanted and hoped to be able to get back in the No. 45 car to make a playoff run with our team, it’s still not the right time for me,” said Busch for motorsport.com “In addition to not being cleared to return to racing, I know that I am not ready to be back in the car.

“I respect the sport of NASCAR, my fellow drivers and the fans too much to take up a playoff spot if I know I can’t compete for a championship this season. The decision was not an easy one, but I know it is the right thing to do.

I will continue to take time to heal and strengthen as I prepare to be back in the car and will do all I can to help 23XI continue the success we have had this season”.

Lauletta on Kurt Busch

23XI team president, Steve Lauletta emphasized that Busch will continue to have an important role and influence on the team.

“Kurt has elevated our entire organization this year,” he said. “Although Kurt will not be competing for a championship this season, he will continue to play a vital role in the organization as he works with our competition group to keep improving and strengthening the team”.

NASCAR also expressed its full support for Kurt Busch and hopes for his speedy return. “Kurt Busch has managed this difficult situation like the champion that he is. Working closely with his doctors, every decision made has been in the best interest of his health, his competitors and the sport.

Kurt has NASCAR’s full support as he continues to heal, and we look forward to seeing him return to the race car."